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CDC recommends masks in Lake County for high-risk people due to medium ‘community level’ COVID-19

The CDC is recommending masks for the elderly and the immunocompromised after Lake County was upgraded to “medium community level” of COVID-19 on Friday. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Friday that 24,646 new cases of COVID-19 and 46 deaths were reported since last Friday. As of Thursday night, 732 people were […]

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Attorney expects ‘inconsistent’ rulings in vaccine mandate challenges moving through the courts

(The Center Square) – With the latest lawsuit against vaccine and testing mandates coming from dozens of corrections employees, the attorney carrying the case worries elections could get in the way of bringing finality to the issue. Attorney Thomas DeVore has secured temporary restraining orders against COVID-19 vaccine or testing mandates in schools, including Chicago […]

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McHenry County health officials encourage residents to get tested for COVID-19 if gathering for holidays

Health officials in McHenry County are encouraging residents to get tested for COVID-19 if they plan on gathering for the holidays and to receive a booster shot for fully-vaccinated individuals. The McHenry County Department of Health is urging everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to get tested for COVID-19 before gathering with others this holiday season. […]

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State officials celebrate 1-year anniversary of first COVID-19 vaccinations in Illinois, urge residents to get booster

State officials are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccinations in Illinois and are urging fully-vaccinated residents to receive their booster shots. On December 15, 2020, around 450 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines were administered to health care workers after the first doses were delivered to the state the day before. Since […]

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Citing ‘violent threats,’ Illinois legislator pulls bill that would require unvaccinated residents to pay for their own medical treatment

An Illinois state representative who proposed a bill that would require residents that choose not to be vaccinated to pay for their own COVID-19 health care expenses has decided not to pursue the bill. State Representative Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, who serves the 57th house district, proposed house bill 4259 in the Illinois General Assembly. Carroll’s […]

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Illinois legislator introduces bill that would require unvaccinated residents to pay for their own COVID-19 treatment

An Illinois state representative proposed a bill that would require residents who choose not to be vaccinated to pay for COVID-19 health care expenses. State Representative Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, who serves the 57th house district, proposed house bill 4259 in the Illinois General Assembly. Carroll’s bill would amend the Illinois Insurance Code and a person […]

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Gov. Pritzker, Illinois state health officials unveil plan for vaccinating children aged 5 to 11

(The Center Square) – The state of Illinois is readying plans to vaccinate school-aged children younger than 12 against the coronavirus, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said on Monday. The Food and Drug Administration’s panel of advisors is scheduled to debate on Tuesday whether the Pfizer shots are ready for the country’s roughly 28 million children ages […]

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Illinois begins vaccine expansion to residents of all ages with underlying conditions

Gov. Pritzker announced that Illinois residents of all ages with pre-existing conditions are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. However, Lake and McHenry County health departments both said they won’t be expanding due to limited supply of vaccine. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Health said that the expansion of Phase […]

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Over 40,000 Lake County residents sign up for vaccine registration, health officials say

Health officials said that more than 40,000 residents in Lake County have already registered for COVID-19 vaccines after the county’s registration portal launched on Wednesday. The site is called AllVax and allows all Lake County residents to register to be notified when a COVID-19 vaccine is available for them. “We want to assure our residents […]